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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English, French, Spanish
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.34 x 1.27 cm; 68.04 Grams
- Item Model Number : 1000169319
- Director : Collet-Serra, Jaume, Jones, January Collet-Serra
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 53 minutes
- Actors : Neeson, Liam, Jones, January, Langella, Frank, Kruger, Diane, Quinn, Aidan
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B004A8ZX28
- Number of discs : 1
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Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins; he finds himself alone; tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger); Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity; his identity; and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth.
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I make the same complaint about much older films starring the likes of Cary Grant or James Stewart but I know I'm nitpicking. Please, make things more plausible, it helps.
Anyway, a good action thriller with a complicated plot that finally gelled half-way through its 108 minutes, with two wonderful cameos from the late Bruno Ganz (died earlier this year) and Frank Langella.
Probably a better film in the genre is Polanski's 'Frantic' in my opinion. However apart from an awful obligatory car chase Neeson gives the film some momentum and is well worth a watch as a change from his usual tough guy who can take anything and everybody on and win though. There were shades of his alter characterizations towards the end of the film however.
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But this isn't meant to be a criticism: for the movie buff it's all part of the entertainment! We have bio-scientist, Dr Martin Harris (Neeson), arriving in a snowy, wintery Berlin accompanied by his wife (January Jones). Almost three decades before, in Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, we had physicist, Dr Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman), arriving in Copenhagen accompanied by his fiancée (Julie Andrews). Both esteemed American scientists are visiting European capitals to give presentations at an important scientific conference.
On arriving at their hotel Harris realizes that his briefcase, containing important items like a passport and his presentation papers, has been left at the airport and, bizarrely, without telling his wife he hops back into the taxi and returns to the airport hoping to retrieve the lost briefcase. However, calamity strikes and the taxi is involved in an incident that causes it to swerve and hurtle through a barrier into the icy river. Harris is knocked unconscious but the female driver, who we later come to know as Gina (Diane Kruger) is able to escape and make the surface. She realizes Harris is still in the car and manages to dive down and save him!
He wakes up in hospital and is told he's been `out' for four days. Immediately discharging himself he manages to make his way back to his hotel to find his wife who steadfastly refuses to recognize him having in the meantime mysteriously acquired another husband, Dr Martin Harris (Aidan Quinn), who has all the necessary documentation to prove that he is the real Harris and Neeson the imposter!
So which one is the real Harris? Since Neeson is the star, it must be him, surely! But just like Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) before him in North by North West, he has a tough job persuading just about anybody! However, he's given the name of a private detective, a former Stasi operative named Ernst Jurgen (Bruno Ganz) who acts as the `wiser older mentor' type figure a la, Dr Brulov (Michael Chekov) in Hitchcock's Spellbound. Jurgen advises `Harris' to find the taxi driver, Gina, as he thinks she may be the key!
And, indeed, this turns out to be a valid assertion. Gina, just like Michelle (Emanuelle Seigner) in Polanski's Frantic, who aids Harrison Ford's Dr Richard Walker (a `mere' medical practitioner) in an `unknown' Paris, proves to be just the kind of streetwise, knowledgeable young sidekick `Harris' needs.
So, we've seen many of the elements before but the principal source seems to be Hitchcock, primarily, in North by North West: even an evil though amiable and courteous `Mr Big' a la James Mason's, Phillip Vandamm, in the form of Frank Langella, enters the action about half way through and January Jones and Diana Kruger are a kind of amalgam of Eva Marie Saint's, Eve Kendall.
Fittingly, then, after suitably Machiavellian plot machinations, the film ends on a train. It might be derivative but very entertainingly so!